17Apr Home or Office Relocation: Do the Positives outweigh the negatives?
There are many benefits to moving to a new home or office. Of course, it must simultaneously be noted that moving is stressful. Thus, it is often easier to avoid moving even if the benefits of office relocation (or home relocation) far outweigh the increased stress and anxiety levels when planning and executing the move.
Furthermore, it is a simple matter to make broad, sweeping statements about the pros and cons of moving your home or office to a new venue. These statements are not enough in themselves.
Thus, we believe that a substantive argument should be put together to defend the stated position that, in most circumstances, the benefits of relocating to new premises are more significant than the negatives of such a move.
Therefore, by way of answering the question posited in the title of this article, “Do the positives of relocating your home or office outweigh the negatives,” let’s consider the following points:
New home or office equates to new beginnings
A vital part of the overall relocation process is to declutter, tidy up, and throw out all your unused or broken household appliances or office equipment.
It is a well-known fact that human beings tend to hoard “stuff” that might be used in the near or distant future. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that this equipment is never used and collects dust stored away in cupboards or storerooms.
Therefore, the first step in any move is to sort out all your possessions and divide them into the following three piles:
- To be thrown away or recycled.
- To be donated to a charity that will be able to use the goods to improve the lives of the people supported by the organisation.
- To be packed and transported to your new home or office.
Finally, it is a good idea to read up on other people’s experiences relocating their homes or offices to pick up essential tips before moving to a new home (or office) during your move’s planning phases.
The nett result of this statement is that you will garner experience from, and advice on, how to plan and implement a successful move.
Upscaling or downsizing adds value to quality of life
Again, the fact of the matter is that businesses and family increase and decrease in size. Therefore, it is vital to provide the optimal floor space to meet the needs of the increasing (or decreasing) home or office.
This point bears particular reference to a growing business. Productivity levels will most likely suffer if staff members have to squeeze into a building that is theoretically too small for them to work comfortably. And, ultimately, your business runs the risk of losing the valuable staff members who have made a substantial contribution to the growth and profitability of the organisation.
Therefore, it is vital to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of your office staff by providing them with an attractive, uncluttered working environment. Thus, the cost of the move will be offset by the increased Return on Investment driven by improved productivity levels which leads to higher sales figures.
The same goes for a family whose adult children have moved away from home to start their own lives as responsible adults who are able to contribute to society and the world at large. It is challenging and unnecessary for the remaining family members, ergo the parents, to keep a large home clean and tidy. Therefore, it makes sense to move to a smaller home that is easier to manage and keep clean.
These are just two of the many reasons why the pros of moving to a new location far outweigh the conns. But, they are enough to start a healthy discussion on the need to relocate or not.